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Free Speech or Hate Speech?

Danielle and Aisha Moodie-Mills ask whether hate speech is akin to freedom of speech.

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  • Danielle Moodie-Mills
  • Aisha C. Moodie-Mills

This week the Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas’s right to protest at the funerals of slain servicemen and servicewomen. The Westboro protesters believe, and now the Supreme Court has confirmed, that they are within their First Amendment right to use the funerals of dead soldiers as an appropriate venue to vocalize their hatred of the gay community. Yes, that’s right: The Westboro church believes that America suffers ills such as war and terrorism because of its acceptance of gays and lesbians.

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Authors

Danielle Moodie-Mills

Advisor, LGBT Policy and Racial Justice

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills

Senior Fellow and Director, FIRE Initiative